Following Sunday’s win over the Raiders, Chargers veteran TE Antonio Gates said that he wants to continue his NFL career.
“I’ve still got the juice,” Gates said, per Jack Wang.
Gates will be an unrestricted free agent in the coming months, but he referred to the Chargers as “family.”
Gates has seen his role diminished in recent years, and the Chargers have bolstered their depth at tight end when they drafted Hunter Henry a few years ago.
Gates, 37, signed on with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Kent State back in 2003 and has spent his entire 15-year NFL career with the team. He finished out the final year of his two-year, $11 million contract that included $6 million guaranteed and a base salary of $4.5 million for the 2017 season.
Entering today’s game, Gates had appeared in 15 games and caught 26 passes for 270 yards receiving and three touchdowns for the Chargers.
We’ll have more regarding Gates and a potential return to the Chargers as the news is available.